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Published:November 19th, 2012 21:57 EST
Prevent Animal Cruelty: Be the Little Guy's Voice

Prevent Animal Cruelty: Be the Little Guy's Voice

By Ron G Anselm

Just a short article on a very important subject we all need to be aware of:

Something I have never understood of how someone could harm a loving and caring animal. I have always loved animals and any animal that I have ever owned has been considered a part of my family or my best friend. There is no greater love (except God`s love) than to have a loyal companion and best friend as an animal. That animal will always be by your side no matter what and be there for you in times of trouble and when you are at your lowest point (as God also is). And they will bring you (as God does) up and make you happy again just by being themselves.

I recently saw a post on Facebook of a very sick and disturbing photo of a Jerk! Holding a Pit Bull Puppy by the throat against a wall and ready to punch that poor puppy with a straight right. Boy, what I would love to do with that Moron if I could find him. Put it this way, he would be praying for me to pummel him with a baseball bat instead of what I would do with my natural weapons (hands, fists, legs, knees and feet). I think I would grab him by his throat and hold him against a wall and BAM! Straight right to his thick skull! To see how he liked it. I think this goes for anyone who wants to senselessly harm an innocent animal. If anyone has any information if you may have seen that post on Facebook of who this coward is contact your local APSCA or law enforcement agency ASAP!

Animals - I don`t care if they are squirrels, Ferrets, dogs, cats, whatever need to have us be their voice when it comes to care and cruelty. If you suspect any abuse or cruelty to an animal contact ASPCA in your area and help, don`t just turn your head and look the other way because that would be the same to me as you being the abuser or just as low.

Below are ten signs and symptoms that show there are possible signs of abuse or animal cruelty:

1). Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal`s death.

2). Wounds on the body.

3). Patches of missing hair.

4). Extremely thin, starving animals.

5). Limping.

6). An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.

7). Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.

8). Dogs who have been hit by cars-or are showing any of the signs listed above-and have not been taken to a veterinarian.

9). Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.

10). Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

If you see any of these ten signs or even others that raise your suspicion don`t just let it go, report it to ASPCA. They will investigate your claim and you will be saving an innocent animal`s life. Animals are our best friends that never leave us. Protect them and love them they will love you right back the same way.

Know who to call in your area to report claims of animal cruelty. Most areas the ASPCA is the main contact but in other areas you may have to call your local police department, animal control or other municipal agency. If you`re not sure in your area of who to call to report any abuse go to the ASPCA website and go to the Report Animal Cruelty section to find out.

Get to know the animals in your neighborhood. If you know the animals well-enough you will sure know if that animal that lives next door or down the street may be acting or looking different such as a rapid weight loss, or when you go to pet them they cower from you. Get to know all animals in your area as if they were your kids. You would surely know if someone was abusing your kids so do the same for the animals near you.

Keep your eyes and ears open at all TIMES! The ASPCA, Law Enforcement, or whatever municipal agency in your area cannot stop or investigate animal abuse without you being the voice. Make the call and STOP! Animal abuse. Get your friends and neighbors together and form an animal neighborhood watch and be aware at all times.

Always document on paper the animal abuse incident you may have witnessed or suspect. Provide as much information as you can about the situation. Every detail, I don`t care how small will go a long way in helping the investigating officer with the incident they are investigating.

Let your law enforcement agency in your area know that any claim of animal cruelty is priority. Animal cruelty and animal abuse is a CRIME and the police or agency MUST investigate your claim.

Always set a good example for an animal by showing lots of love for your pet(s). It`s not just making sure your animal has food, water, shelter, etc. it`s in how you show them love as-well.

Talk to your kids about treating animals with kindness and respect. And teach them how to take care and love animals.

Heck, I make it a point and maybe I am old fashioned in some ways but I feed the flying tree squirrels I have zooming in and out of trees by my balcony. They love those shelled peanuts and I have made many new friends that come by and see me daily. You can too by being kind to animals and loving and caring for them but most of all preventing animal cruelty and animal abuse by being their voice.

For more on this go to the ASPCA`s website or contact the ASPCA in your area.

Reference

Top 10 Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty, (2012)

(ASPCA we are their voice (http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/top-10-ways-to-prevent-animal)

Retrieved November 2012.

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